GLEN ROSE – Eagle Scout, National Honor Society member, 2016 Glen Rose High School graduate, and rare-disease survivor are superlatives already owned by Jonathan Anaya. He can now add the recipient of the 2016 Glenn A and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year award to his list.
Anaya was chosen as the representative for the Longhorn Council, which is based in Fort Worth, and is one of 32 council winners from the Southern Region of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) that includes Texas, Arkansas, Virginia, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Alabama.
The award was established in 2009 by the NESA to “recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity,” the NESA website states.
Anaya was awarded the his Eagle Scout badge on Sept. 17 after completion and approval of his service project. The feat placed him in a very prestigious six percent of Scouts who have reached the milestone plateau.
As a child, Anaya underwent over 50 surgeries and nearly a dozen blood transfusions to battle both Crohn’s and Hirschsprung diseases. While both diseases affect fewer than 200,000 people per year, Anaya, according to his family, was the first person born with both diseases.
“I’m really thankful to God that, even though he had his challenges, he persevered,” his mother, Alma Anaya previously told the Reporter.
“As a family we want to thank the entire Glen Rose community, the Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Glen Rose, Nueva Creacion FBC, and [Boy Scout] troop 725 that made this award possible,” said his mother after her son’s latest recognition.
Jonathan said that a strong faith in God, strong mind and the drive to overcome obstacles are what has made all of this possible.
“Even though you come to tough choices, you can still succeed,” the future Baylor Bear said. “Placing God first, being wise and learning that experience is earned and not given [is important].”
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith